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Avalanche Signs Galiardi

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward T.J. Galiardi to a one-year contract through the 2011-12 season.

Galiardi, 23, was limited to 35 games this past season due to two separate injuries.  He missed 17 games due to a wrist injury from Nov. 12 to Dec. 15 and missed the final 28 games of the season due to a forearm injury suffered on Feb. 9 at Minnesota.  The Calgary, Alberta native finished with seven goals and eight assists for a total of 15 points.

Selected by Colorado in the second round (55th overall) of the 2007 Entry Draft, Galiardi has tallied 58 points (25g/33a) in 116 career NHL games.  He recorded 39 points (15g/24a) in 70 games as a rookie in 2009-10, ranking him fifth among all NHL rookies in both goals and assists.  He also dressed in all six playoff games for the Avalanche that spring, posting two assists while leading all Colorado forwards in ice time at 20:49 per game.

“We are glad to have T.J. under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager/ Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “We expect him to report to camp fully healthy and ready to go.”

The Avalanche also announced today that the club has signed forward Patrick Rissmiller to a one-year deal.  Rissmiller, 32, played for five different teams in 2010-11, which included two NHL clubs as well as Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate.  He dressed in a total of 10 NHL games (0g/1a), one with Atlanta and nine with Florida to conclude the season.  The Belmont, Mass., native spent the majority of the year with the Avalanche’s AHL team, the Lake Erie Monsters, where he tallied 30 points (11g/19a) in 43 games.  He also spent time with the AHL’s Rochester Americans and Chicago Wolves.

Originally signed by San Jose as a free agent on June 30, 2003, Rissmiller has appeared in 192 career NHL games, tallying 46 points (18g/28a).  He appeared in 79 games in back-to-back seasons for the Sharks in 2006-07 and 2007-08.  The left winger also skated in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff contests with San Jose from 2006-08, recording seven points (3g/4a).
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